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White House Launches Initiative to Help Empower Oppressed Women Around World

White House Launches Initiative to Help Empower Oppressed Women Around World

Calling it a "historic step", the president signed a national security memorandum to officially launch the effort, framing it as a way to promote stability around the world.

"Within the coming weeks, we could expect to see action created to preserve American [research and development] leadership in artificial intelligence, 5G, and the first deliverables from the National Quantum Initiative Act", the administration official said in an email to The Hill.

The plan, called the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, will draw from a $50 million starter fund from the US Agency for International Development, and will team up with several private companies, including UPS and Walmart, The New York Times quoted the President's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, as saying on Wednesday.

In a rare interview on Good Morning America, Ivanka told people not to expect her to speak against the administration's more sexist policies because she's not "president of all women's issues".

"We're proud of our legacy of being a generous nation, looking to uplift others around the world".

The proposed plan will offer the "first deliverables" of the National Quantum Initiative Act, a law passed by the previous Congress as an initiative to improve U.S. efforts on quantum technology, due to rising concerns of Chinese dominance over the USA in the race to deploy 5G mobile broadband technology and implementations of AI, a White House official said.

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The W-GDP initiative aims to reach 50 million women across the developing world from the start of the Trump Administration in 2017 to 2025.

Before the Oval Office ceremony Thursday, Ivanka Trump gathered stakeholders for a roundtable discussion, where she said that the initiative lays out "an ambitious goal, but we're going to get there". And we think the best way to do that is by helping women thrive and enabling them to be economically empowered.

Ivanka Trump said her hope is that this effort has staying power beyond the current administration.

Zambakhidze was struggling until she turned to the US government for help and received a $125,000 grant.

"The president is really re-analyzing in how we use foreign assistance", Schlapp said.